The Republic of Korea has committed to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its response and recovery efforts in communities impacted by Typhoon Odette (internationally named Rai). The partnership will focus on providing immediate relief and long-term resilience-building to affected communities in Dinagat Islands.
Around 30 members from selected sewing groups in the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi were recently provided a series of trainings on how to manufacture various kinds of personal protective equipment (PPEs), while more than a hundred other seamstresses are learning the proper way of sewing them.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) of the Philippines awarded the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines the NextGen CapDev Accelerator Award in Local Governance at the Capacity Development Accelerator Awards 2021 held at the Manila Hotel. UNDP Philippines was nominated by the DILG’s Offices of Project Development Services and Planning Service and was included among the 8 final nominees.
How does long-term economic resilience look like in practice? Thrown like some special ribbon, “resilience” has found its place in the vernacular of the development sector.
The recently released Socioeconomic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) undertaken by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines indicated that despite logging relatively lower COVID-19 cases in the last year, BARMM—a region which registered a 5.9 percent gross regional domestic product growth in 2019 and was enjoying steady economic gains before 2020—was still disproportionately impacted by the pandemic in terms of its socioeconomic development and in aggravating existing and emerging vulnerabilities in the region.
Aptly entitled ‘Thinking Out Loud 2021,’ this collection of blogs and articles produced in 2021 showcases the important work we have done in the past year, featuring the voices of our staff who continue to work tirelessly on the ground to reach those who are at the farthest in line with our mandate to leave no one behind.
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